Setting the Groundwork for Evidence-Based Massage: Clinic Resource

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Setting the Groundwork for Evidence-Based Massage: Clinic Resource

This post is part of a series of educational resources to help massage therapists develop their clinical reasoning skills.

Exams for Specific Regions from Stanford Medicine (videos)

• Shoulder Pain
• Iliotibial Band Syndrome
• Knee Pain
• Ankle & Foot Pain
• Low Back Pain

Peripheral Neurological Examination (videos)

• Dermatomes Upper Limb
• Myotomes Upper Limb
• Dermatomes Lower Limb
• Myotomes Lower Limb

Relevant YouTube Channels

• Massage Sloth - Massage therapy treatment tips and tricks
• MSK Medicine - Physical assessments
• Physiotutors - Common assessment and treatment methods
• Health Care Triage - News and commentary on evidence-based medicine

Relevant Websites

• The Knee Resource - Resources for the assessment & treatment of knee injuries.
• Geeky Medics - A fun review of anatomy and clinic assessments.

Evidence-Based Practice
The Centre for Effective Practice - evidence-based tools, resources and programs to ensure healthcare providers have the information they need to deliver high-quality care
• Health Quality Ontario - Provides patient-centred treatment recommendations.
• Choosing Wisely Canada - The national voice for reducing unnecessary tests and treatments in health care.
• NIH - Mindbody Practices - Mind and body practices evidence summaries. Examples include acupuncture, massage therapy, meditation, relaxation techniques, spinal manipulation, and yoga.
• EBM Glossaries - Statistical Terms and Concepts Used in Evidence-Based Medicine

TED-Ed - Lessons to spark and celebrate the ideas of students around the world.

• The fascinating science of phantom limbs - Joshua W. Pate
• The mysterious science of pain - Joshua W. Pate
• What happens when you have a concussion? - Clifford Robbins
• The science of skin - Emma Bryce
• The power of the placebo effect - Emma Bryce
• Why do your knuckles pop? - Eleanor Nelsen
• How does your brain respond to pain? - Karen D. Davis
• How do nerves work? - Elliot Krane
• The mystery of chronic pain - Elliot Krane
• What causes headaches? - Dan Kwartler

Selected Web Resources - Educational resources to help people understand pain and its complexity.

Pain Science
• What if the placebo effect isn’t a trick - Gary Greenberg
• The Neuroscience of Pain - Nicola Twilley
• Where Pain Lives - Cathryn Jakobson Ramin
• These Researchers Think We Can Retrain Our Brains to Tame Chronic Pain - Cathryn Jakobson Ramin
• A Comprehensive Guide to the New Science of Treating Lower Back Pain - Julia Belluz
• How Meditation, Placebos And Virtual Reality Help Power 'Mind Over Body' - Jo Marchant
• Back pain: how to live with one of the world’s biggest health problems - Moya Sarner
• To treat pain, study people in all their complexity - Beth Darnall
• Proper Breathing Brings Better Health - Christophe André
• Is Pain a Sensation or an Emotion? - Haider Warraich
• How The Brain Shapes Pain And Links Ouch With Emotion - Jon Hamilton

Neuroplasticity and The Science of Touch
• The Social Power of Touch - Lydia Denworth
• The Power of Touch - Maria Konnikova
• Research into our sense of touch leads to new treatments for autism - Emily Kuehn
• Pleasant to the Touch - Sabrina Richards

• Massage may aid muscle regrowth, even in an opposite limb - Colorado State University
• Starting Rehab Early Can Speed Recovery From Muscle Injuries - Alex Hutchinson
• How Muscles Age, and How Exercise Can Slow It - Gillian Butler-Browne
• The best thing you can do for your health: sleep well - Matthew Walker
Soft tissue injuries simply need PEACE & LOVE - BJSM Blog

Acupuncture Research
• Acupuncture in Cancer Study Reignites Debate about Controversial Technique - Jo Marchant
• Should doctors recommend acupuncture for pain? - The BMJ

Critical Thinking
• The cognitive biases tricking your brain - Ben Yagoda
• 200 cognitive biases rule our everyday thinking - Paul Ratner
• Intellectual humility: the importance of knowing you might be wrong - Brian Resnick
• How to read and understand a scientific article - Jennifer Raff

Blogs - A selection of blogs that examine clinical practice and relevant research.

• Better Movement Blog - Maintained by Todd Hargrove, this blog posts high quality content on the science of movement and pain.

• The Massage Therapist Development Centre - Maintained by Jamie Johnston, this is a blog dedicated to changing the perception of massage therapy.

• The RMT Education Project - Maintained by Richard Lebert, this is a resource that provides insight into the body and a number of open access resources for massage therapists.

• PainScience - Maintained by Paul Ingraham, this is one of the most comprehensive resources available for therapists looking for insights into aches and pains.


The Nature of Things - An episode of The Nature of Things (Brain Magic: The Power of Placebo) looking at how placebos effect our mind and body.

PBS Special - A PBS special (Understanding the Opioid Epidemic) telling the stories of people and communities impacted by the opioid epidemic.